Sakamichi no Apollo is the new project of the ‘Cowboy Bebop Dream Team’. Director Shinichirou Watanabe and composer Yoko Kanno are returning to work together this time for this coming-of-age story. Additional information and a promotional video can be seen below.
The story remind me, somewhat, of the one behind Bakuman. We have two different boys, different in many ways, share a passion, though this time it is all about jazz and not manga. This is an adaptation of Yuuki Kodama. Recalling the music from Cowboy Bebop, I cannot help it but smile, thinking that this work will be a real candy for the admirers of this specific music genre. Seemingly, even composer Kanno is a big fan, too:
“In youth, jazz. This is the work I had been waiting for the most. By all means please listen to the sounds of these young prodigies performing that I can hear from the manga, the beat of their life. ” is what he said in relation to the new project.
The other person who is a part of the ‘dream team’ is Watnabe-san, who is also excited about it, more of the fact that it will be his first adaptation and that he will be working with Kanno-san again than the jazz itself, but it is still a positive feeling:
“Actually this is the first time I’m doing an adaptation. When I read the manga, I thought, ‘This is something I should do.’ I’m making it with the feeling of having jam sessions with Kodama-sensei and leveraging the distinct flavor of the manga.”
Other staff :
Script: Ayako Katou , Yuuko Kakihara (series composition for Persona 4)
Character Design: Nobuteru Yuuki (Maken-ki!, To Terra)
Chief Animation Direction: Yoshimitsu Yamashita (House of Five Leaves)
The project is expected in April, 2012.
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